When I started brainstorming ideas for this Greenery series, I knew I definitely wanted to get a florist's perspective on how to use Greenery. I was so excited when my friend and Seattle wedding florist, Gina, from From the Ground Up Floral agreed to be our guest! Today, she is sharing ideas for how to incorporate Greenery in your wedding flowers. Here she is to share her thoughts!
As a florist, what do I think of the Pantone color of the year?
Well, I am ridiculously giddy! This year is all about the green. The leaf that gets overlooked for the giant flouncy blooms. Don’t get me wrong, I love some big flouncy blooms. But. there’s something so profoundly grounding and satisfying about the color and shape of any green leaf. From the Pantone website, “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.” How is not perfect for a wedding? I am here to share my thoughts and ideas on what to do with this fabulous color choice!
Let’s start with garlands. Garlands are by far going to be the best way to incorporate the Pantone color of the year greenery. They can be used anywhere from tablescapes, archways, chuppahs, chairs/aisleways, welcome tables, cars, doorways, and so many ways. They’re long lasting, and you can easily add in touches of floral or even gilded bits to add interest.
This is a photo of a garland in production! It's so much faster now that I have a garland making machine. I like to mix my greenery. One type is nice, but you get so many more textures when you mix 3-5 different types. I often will add in herbs or evergreens for a wonderful scent.
Here is an example of a garland with gilded ferns added in.
Greenery with Geometric Shapes
Geometric shapes with greenery can add an amazing backdrop or accent to your decor. These can be hoops, hanging greenery chandeliers, or other shapes. An attention grabber for sure!
Greenery Table Centerpieces
If you’re absolutely loving the simplicity of the greenery color paired with different shade of more green then an all greenery centerpiece may just be your thing. It’s a clean look, or it can also be a more woodsy and natural look, depending on your overall style. Below, paired with acrylics, gold and metal it looks sleek and modern. While on the flip side, exchange the acrylics and metallics for lets say, a large piece of driftwood with succulents and moss, or lichen covered branches, you get a totally different natural feel.
Such a versatile color! I cannot tell you how happy I am that this color is front and center. It is going to be a great year for design.
Greenery in Foliage Manipulation
Next for something a little fancy...it may sound weird, but foliage manipulation. There are so many ways to make foliage look really cool and add interest to your arrangements.
Here are some of the palette choices from Pantone that I am really loving.
Moody Blooms revs it up a notch. Combining the greenery with racy and bold colors, Bright and fun blooms, geometric shape or leaf manipulation would play great here!
Calm it down is just as it says. Soothing, gentle, romantic and light. Perfect for a sun filled day. Drapey greens, garlands, and flowy vines are what I picture with this color scheme.
Grand Canyon is a very natural palette, earthy, and rich with wood tones. These colors would look amazing accented with metallics. Garland, mosses, woodland centerpieces anything lending to a natural scene will look amazing with this.
Such great tips and advice, Gina! Thank you for sharing your expertise with us. I'm looking forward to incorporating these floral ideas for Greenery in our clients' weddings. For more flower ideas, check out this Pantone spring flower guide.
There is one more installment of our Greenery series coming next week! You've seen a few photos from next week's post sprinkled in throughout the series so far, and I'll bring it all together for some beautiful Greenery inspiration.
*All photos except the first one provided by From The Ground Up Floral.